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Bedford QLD 3 ton truck (1942), Engine 3519cc (214.7 cu in) S6 Production, at the 2013 Smallwood Steam Rally, RK

Bedford QLD 3 ton truck (1942), Engine 3519cc (214.7 cu in) S6 Production,  at the  2013 Smallwood Steam Rally, by Robert Knight - Flickr.com

The Bedford QLD was the GS (general service) cargo truck version of the QL series of truck, manufactured by Bedford Vehicles, for use by the British Armed Forces in World War II.

History

The Bedford QL was in production from 1941 to 1945.

The QL went on to serve in a large number of roles, such as artillery tractor, gun porter, command vehicle, wireless lorry and petrol tanker, as well as the troop-carrying QLD, the most common variant.

An experimental version used the track unit of a bren gun carrier, or Universal Carrier, as an answer to the German half-track vehicles, which had superior cross country capacity.

Production ran at around 12,000 units per year between 1942 and 1944. Many QLs and other Bedford World War II military vehicles served with the British Army, and other forces into the 1960s, and many others were purchased for civilian use after the war.

About 52,250 were produced in total. The QLD was the most numerous version in the series.

Variants

  • Bedford QLR (1943), Engine 3519cc (214.7 cu in) in 2012 at the Brooklands Museum, RK

    Bedford QLR (1943), Engine 3519cc (214.7 cu in) in 2012 at the Brooklands Museum, by Robert Knight - Flickr.com

    QL1 - Prototype.
  • QLB – Bofors gun tractor.
  • QLC - Fire engine.
  • QLC – Signals vehicle.
  • QLC - Petrol tanker.
  • QLD - General service cargo truck.
  • QLD - Machinery.
  • QLD - Kitchen.
  • QLD - Battery storage.
  • QLR – Signals vehicle.
  • QLT – Troop carrier.
  • QLW - Air portable tipper.

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